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Európska investičná banka dala stopku fosílnym palivám, za bolo aj Slovensko
Projekty, ktoré sa spoliehajú na uhlie alebo ropu, sa od roku 2022 k pôžičkám EIB nedostanú, zemný plyn podľa environmentálnych aktivistov nemá dvere úplne zatvorené

Europoslanci odsúdili kriminalizáciu sexuálnej výchovy v Poľsku
Proti návrhu zákona, ktorý trestá učiteľov sexuálnej výchovy väzením, sa postavili aj viacerí slovenskí europoslanci. Mladých ľudí podľa nich ohrozuje práve stigmatizácia sexuality.

Kandidáti Rumunska a Francúzska na eurokomisárov uspeli, maďarský nominant nepresvedčil
Europoslanci chcú v komisii Bretona a Valeanovú. Strana Fidesz vidí za Várhelyiho neúspechom útok promigračných síl.

Slovensko a voľby do Európskeho parlamentu 2019: Zaostrené na mladých
Štúdia OĽGY GYÁRFÁŠOVEJ podrobne rozoberá slovenské výsledky volieb z viacerých hľadísk a obsahuje odporúčania pre udržanie trendu zvýšenej účasti na eurovoľbách a záujmu o EÚ. 

Sloboda nie je samozrejmosť: Dokument Spýtaj sa vašich 89 prinesie svedectvá z roku 1989 s podporou Férovej nadácie [Komerčný obsah]
PR SPRÁVA | Férová nadácia O2 v rámci grantového programu Sloboda nie je samozrejmosť podporila aj projekt Spýtaj sa vašich 89 režisérky Barbory Berezňákovej a grafickej dizajnérky Pavlíny Morháčovej, ktorého súčasťou je aj dokumentárny film.

Počet osobných áut najviac narástol v Poľsku
Najviac osobných áut na hlavu je registrovaných v Luxembursku, po roku 2004 ich najviac pribudlo v Poľsku. Na Slovensku počet osobných áut v tom istom období narástol o viac ako milión.

EURACTIV Podcast | Kognitívna bezpečnosť: Ako bojujeme proti falošným správam?
Ak je niekto hrdým vlastencom, budovať pravdivú komunitu by sa mal snažiť aj v online priestore, hovorí expert na boj z dezinformáciami, TOMÁŠ KRIŠŠÁK.

Komplexnosť dezinformácii: Upozorňovať na nepravdivé tvrdenia nestačí
Techniky na boj proti dezinfromáciám sú zväčša reaktívne, keďže falošný naratív nastavuje niekto iný. Pre riešenie tohto komplexného problému existujú iba komplexné riešenia, odborníci odporúčajú poukazovať na predpojatosť tých, ktorí im podľahnú.

Združenia miest a obcí otvorene hovoria, že rodová rovnosť nie je priorita
Záujmové združenia miest a obcí tvrdia, že od členov neregistrujú záujem alebo problémy v oblasti rodovej rovnosti. Malá oravská obec je na Slovensku jediná, ktorá schválila akčný plán a pracuje s rodovou optikou vo svojich aktivitách.

Západoslovenská distribučná modernizovala jedno z najporuchovejších vedení [Komerčný obsah]
PR SPRÁVA | Spoločnosť Západoslovenská distribučná investovala vyše 840 000 EUR do modernizácie jedného z najporuchovejších vedení, ktoré zabezpečovalo distribúciu elektrickej energie do Trenčína a priľahlých obcí.

Európske noviny

Audítori skontrolujú efektívnosť prijímania zamestnancov pre EÚ

Európsky dvor audítorov vykonáva audit s cieľom zistiť, či Európsky úrad pre výber pracovníkov (EPSO) spĺňa potreby inštitúcií EÚ v oblasti prijímania zamestnancov nákladovo efektívnym spôsobom. Audítori budú analyzovať najmä to, či výberové konania úradu EPSO prinášajú dostatočný počet úspešných uchádzačov a či sú náklady na výberové konania úradu EPSO primerané potrebám inštitúcií v oblasti …

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Komisia vydala odporúčania na podporu vedúceho postavenia Európy v šiestich strategických oblastiach podnikania

Komisia uverejňuje odporúčania, ktoré vypracovali experti Strategického fóra pre dôležité projekty spoločného európskeho záujmu s cieľom posilniť konkurencieschopnosť a celosvetové vedúce postavenie Európy v šiestich strategických a na budúcnosť orientovaných oblastiach podnikania: prepojené, čisté a autonómne vozidlá, vodíkové technológie a systémy, inteligentné zdravotníctvo, priemyselný internet vecí, nízko-uhlíkový priemysel, a kybernetická bezpečnosť. Komisárka pre vnútorný trh, priemysel, podnikanie …

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Prihláste sa! Je tu ďalší ročník súťaže o cenu Karola Veľkého pre mládež

Máte 16-30 rokov a podieľate sa na projekte s európskou dimenziou? Prihláste sa do súťaže o Cenu Karola Veľkého pre mládež a vyhrajte peniaze na ďalšie rozvíjanie vašich aktivít. Cenu Karola Veľkého pre mládež organizujeme každý rok spoločne s nadáciou Ceny Karola Veľkého v Aachene. Udeľuje sa mladým vo veku 16-30 rokov ľuďom za projekty, …

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Europoslanci budú hlasovať o novom európskom ombudsmanovi

Koncom roka budú poslanci rozhodovať o tom, kto z piatich navrhovaných kandidátov sa stane novým európskym ombudsmanom alebo ombudsmankou. Nového ombudsmana poslanci vyberajú vždy na začiatku nového volebného obdobia. Podobne ako oni, aj on svoju funkciu zastáva počas piatich rokov. Na túto pozíciu bolo navrhnutých päť kandidátov. Ich mená boli vyhlásené počas októbrového plenárneho zasadnutia. …

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Vladimír Bilčík: V posledných týždňoch je cítiť krízu zahraničnej politiky EÚ

Videoblogy europoslancov, poslancov a analytikov nájdete TU.

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Eugen Jurzyca: Slovensko patrí ku krajinám, ktoré vyberajú DPH najhoršie

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Od roku 2022 budú musieť po cestách jazdiť bezpečnejšie autá

Od polovice roku 2022 budú musieť byť všetky nové autá na trhu EÚ vybavené vyspelými systémami bezpečnosti. Rada v nadväznosti na dohodu s Európskym parlamentom z minulého marca prijala nariadenie o všeobecnej bezpečnosti motorových vozidiel a o ochrane cestujúcich vo vozidle a zraniteľných účastníkov cestnej premávky, ktorým chce dosiahnuť podstatné zníženie počtu smrteľných nehôd na …

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Lucia Nicholsonová: Chvíľu to vyzeralo tak, že brexit by nemusel byť. Uvidíme po decembrových voľbách v UK

Videoblogy europoslancov, poslancov a analytikov nájdete TU.

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Habánsku kultúru môžeme v Sobotišti obdivovať vďaka pomoci z Bruselu

Krásny mlyn v Sobotišti na Záhorí nám zanechali Habáni, ktorí žili od 16.storočia na západnom Slovensku. Funkčný bol do 60tych rokov minulého storočia. Habánsky dvor v Sobotišti bol funkčný od 17.storočia a išlo o významné sídlo Habánov, sídlo habánskeho biskupa a mnoho habánov z celého sveta sa sem stále vracia. V rámci európskeho programu Interreg, …

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Rebríček krajín, v ktorých obyvatelia vypijú za rok najviac alkoholu: Slovensko sa nemá čím chváliť

BRATISLAVA / Organizácia pre hospodársku spoluprácu a rozvoj (OECD) zverejnila rebríček ročnej spotreby alkoholu na obyvateľa. Slovensko v tomto rebríčku obsadilo 15. miesto. Medzi poprednými miestami skončila Česká republika, ktorá zaujala 4. miesto. Tu ročne jeden Čech spotrebuje 11,6 litrov alkoholu. Rebríčku kraľuje ale Litva, kde človek starší ako 15 rokov vypije ročne 12,3 litra stopercentného …

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Ivan Štefanec: Technologickí giganti budú riadne odvádzať DPH

Európsky parlament vo štvrtok schválil legislatívu, ktorá skoncuje s daňovými únikmi a výpadkami v oblasti internetových technológií a elektronického obchodu. Vďaka nej sa podarí od technologických gigantov, ako je Amazon, eBay, či Alibaba získať o 5 až 7 miliárd eur viac na dani z pridanej hodnoty. Toto opatrenie podporil aj europoslanec a vedúci slovenskej delegácie …

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Pätnásť krajín žiada kompenzácie pre narušenie obchodu s EÚ v dôsledku brexitu

BRATISLAVA – Pätnásť krajín, vrátane USA, Austrálie, Indie a Nového Zélandu, žiada od Veľkej Británie a Európskej únie kompenzácie za narušenie obchodu v dôsledku brexitu. Tento problém nastolili na pôde Svetovej obchodnej organizácie (WTO) v Ženeve, pričom sa obávajú predovšetkým narušenia obchodu s farmárskymi produktami. Kompenzácie, o ktoré tieto krajiny žiadajú, v rámci WTO zvyčajne …

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Komisia udelí povolenie na uvedenie očkovacej látky proti ebole na trh

Európska komisia prijala rozhodnutie, že spoločnosti Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V. udelí povolenie na uvedenie očkovacej látky proti ebole na trh. Na vývoji očkovacej látky s názvom Ervebo sa pracovalo, odkedy v roku 2014 vypukla v západnej Afrike epidémia eboly. V rámci osobitného protokolu sa táto látka už používa na ochranu osôb vystavených riziku infekcie, …

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Ekonomika nemilo prekvapila. Spomalenie sa môže prejaviť na poklese zamestnanosti

BRATISLAVA / Nemilé prekvapenie priniesla opäť naša ekonomika. Spomalila viac, ako očakávali odborníci. A vyzerá to žiaľ, že to nie sú len externé problémy, ale aj vnútorné a hlbšieho charakteru. Strácame konkurencieschopnosť aj v rámci okolitých štátov. To sa už onedlho začne stále viacej odrážať na raste miezd a poklese zamestnanosti. Kde sú časy, keď sme …

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Európsky parlament odsúdil kriminalizáciu sexuálnej výchovy v Poľsku

Európsky parlament vyjadril hlboké znepokojenie nad návrhom zákona, ktorý by v Poľsku mohol trestať učiteľov sexuálnej výchovy väzením. Poslanci v nelegislatívnom uznesení schválenom pomerom hlasov 471 (za): 128 (proti): 57 (zdržalo sa hlasovania) kritizovali legislatívny návrh, ktorý by výučbu sexuálnej výchovy pre maloleté osoby postavil v Poľsku mimo zákon. Podľa pozmeneného znenia novely zákona zameraného …

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Veľká Británia nevymenuje svojho eurokomisára

LONDÝN – Británia oznámila svojim partnerom z Európskej únie (EÚ), že nevymenuje nového eurokomisára do európskej exekutívy, hoci je povinná tak spraviť. Britský veľvyslanec pri EÚ Tim Barrow zaslal únii list, v ktorom členské štáty oboznámil s rozhodnutím Londýna. Barrowova kancelária vo štvrtok uviedla, že podľa volebných pravidiel by Británia počas predvolebného obdobia “nemala vymenúvať …

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Europoslanec Hojsík: Konkurencieschopná Európa musí byť lídrom v inováciách a zelených technológiách

“Som rád, že sa dezignovaný komisár pre vnútorný trh Thierry Breton zaviazal pracovať na pláne spraviť z Európy prvý uhlíkovo neutrálny svetadiel do roku 2050. Thierry Breton ako dlhoročný manažér a podnikateľ chápe, že ak chce európsky priemysel byť dlhodobo konkurencieschopný, jedinou možnosťou je byť lídrom v inováciách a zelených technológiách, ktoré majú z dlhodobého …

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Nevzdávajte zastavenie brexitu, odkázal Tusk britským voličom

Končiaci predseda Európskej rady Donald Tusk vyzval britských voličov, aby “nevzdávali” možnosť zastavenia brexitu. V čase silnejúcej kampane pred decembrovými predčasnými parlamentnými voľbami Tusk varoval, že odchod z Európskej únie by zo Spojeného kráľovstva spravil “druhoradého hráča”. Dodal tiež, že brexit by pravdepodobne znamenal “skutočný koniec britského impéria”. “Voľby vo Veľkej Británii sa budú konať …

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Peter Pollák: Diktát sa môže vrátiť. Fašisti a extrémisti opäť získavajú na sile

Viacerí v tomto období spomíname na nežnú revolúciu, na chvíle kedy padol komunizmus v Československu.  Za komunizmu sme si ani neuvedomovali, o čo všetko prichádzame. Nevedeli sme, čo je za železnou oponou. Nepoznali sme slobodu. Žili sme v izolácii a v diktatúre. Pred 30-timi rokmi, v čase Nežnej revolúcie, som mal 17 rokov a bol …

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Monika Beňová: Sexuálna výchova má svoje miesto na školách v ktorejkoľvek členskej krajine EÚ

Plénum Európskeho parlamentu sa bude na dnešnom zasadnutí zaoberať aj možnými dôsledkami poľského návrhu zákona, ktorý má zakazovať a kriminalizovať sexuálnu výchovu u našich severných susedov. Ide o občiansky návrh zákona, ktorý bol do poľského Sejmu predložený na základe uskutočnenej petície. Podporila ho tiež katolícka cirkev a vládna strana Právo a spravodlivosť, ktorá má aj po posledných parlamentných voľbách v Sejme …

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Vaccine against Ebola: Commission grants first-ever market authorisation
The European Commission adopted the decision granting marketing authorisation to the company Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V. for a vaccine against Ebola. This vaccine, called Ervebo, had been in development since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council focussed on Afghanistan and on the security situation in the Gulf region and Iran. Foreign ministers also had an exchange of views with the Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

Taxation: Belize removed from EU list, North Macedonia meets commitments

Statement by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on the 30th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution of 9 November 1989

Final green light to the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement
It will soon be easier and more profitable to trade with Singapore. The free trade agreement (FTA) signed by the European Union and the Republic of Singapore on 19 October 2018 is due to enter into force on 21 November 2019, as a consequence of the decision adopted by the Council today on the conclusion of this agreement.

European Border and Coast Guard: Council adopts revised regulation
The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) is being strengthened in terms of staff and technical equipment. It is also being given a broader mandate to support member states' activities, especially on border control, return and cooperation with third countries. The new regulation will incorporate the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) into the European Border and Coast Guard framework, to improve its functioning.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council adopted conclusions on climate finance ahead of COP25, the UN climate change conference, which will take place in Madrid from 2 to 13 December 2019. It also reached agreement on two reforms of existing VAT rules.

Autumn 2019 Economic Forecast: A challenging road ahead
The European economy is now in its seventh consecutive year of growth and is forecast to continue expanding in 2020 and 2021. Labour markets remain strong and unemployment continues to fall. However, the external environment has become much less supportive and uncertainty is running high.

Landmark agreement will protect 100 European Geographical Indications in China
The EU and China concluded the negotiations on a bilateral agreement to protect 100 European Geographical Indications (GI) in China and 100 Chinese GI in the EU against imitations and usurpation.

Erasmus+: EU will invest over €3 billion in young Europeans to study or train abroad in 2020
The European Commission published its 2020 call for proposals for the Erasmus+ programme. 2020 is the last year of the current European Union programme for mobility and cooperation in education, training, youth and sport.

Industrial policy: recommendations to support Europe's leadership in six strategic business areas
The Commission publishes recommendations by a group of experts, the Strategic Forum on Important Projects of Common European Interest, to boost Europe's competitiveness and global leadership in six strategic and future-oriented industrial sectors.

Security Union: Significant progress and tangible results over past years but efforts must continue
The report presented recaps the initiatives taken by the Commission in some of the key areas of the Security Union including, the fight against terrorism, information exchange, countering radicalisation and cybersecurity, while noting that further efforts are needed, in particular on the implementation of EU security legislation.

Code of Practice on Disinformation one year on: online platforms submit self-assessment reports
Today, the European Commission published the first annual self-assessment reports by Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Twitter and 7 European trade associations under the Code of Practice on Disinformation. The self-regulatory Code of Practice was launched in October 2018 and is an important pillar of the Action Plan against Disinformation.

Brexit: European Council adopts decision to extend the period under Article 50
The extension will last until 31 January 2020 to allow more time for the ratification of the withdrawal agreement. The withdrawal can take place earlier on 1 December 2019 or 1 January 2020, if the withdrawal agreement is ratified by both parties.

Plenary highlights: EU's 2020 budget, Syria, Sakharov Prize, bees
MEPs called for more funds for climate action, criticised Turkey’s military operation in Syria and voted in favour of plans to protect bees during this week's plenary session in Strasbourg.

MEPs call for sanctions against Turkey over military operation in Syria

Get multinationals to disclose where they pay taxes, MEPs tell member states
MEPs on adopted a resolution urging member states to work on long-overdue rules obliging multinationals to disclose what taxes they pay in each country.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Council adopted conclusions on the Economy of Wellbeing and on the future of work. Ministers also held debates on matching skills and labour market needs and on anti-discrimination.

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Third review welcomes progress while identifying steps for improvement
The European Commission publishes its report on the third annual review of the functioning of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. The report confirms that the U.S. continues to ensure an adequate level of protection for personal data transferred under the Privacy Shield from the EU to participating companies in the U.S.

EU investment budget for 2020: A boost for the climate
MEPs adopted their position on the 2020 EU budget on Wednesday, saying it must provide a “solid starting point to launch the new generation of EU programmes”.

Juncker Plan has made major impact on EU jobs and growth

MEPs adopt plan to keep 2020 EU funding for UK in no-deal Brexit scenario
UK researchers, students and farmers should continue to get EU support in the event of a no-deal Brexit, under provisions adopted by the full house.

Christine Lagarde appointed President of the European Central Bank

Main results of the European Council
The European Council adopted conclusions on the MFF, the next institutional cycle, climate change, enlargement, Turkey, illegal drilling activities and MH17.

Brexit: European Commission recommends the European Council (Article 50) to endorse the agreement reached
The European Commission has recommended the European Council (Article 50) to endorse the agreement reached at negotiator level on the Withdrawal Agreement, including a revised Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland, and approve a revised Political Declaration on the framework of the future EU-UK relationship.

Main results of the Special European Council (Art.50)
The European Council (Art. 50) endorsed the revised withdrawal agreement and approved the revised political declaration. On this basis, the European Council (Art. 50) invited the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council to take the necessary steps to ensure that the agreement can enter into force on 1 November 2019, so as to provide for an orderly withdrawal.

European Labour Authority starts its work
The European Labour Authority starts its activities with an inaugural ceremony and the first meeting of its Management Board.

European Agenda on Migration four years on: Marked progress needs consolidating in face of volatile situation
Ahead of the October European Council, the Commission is reporting on key progress under the European Agenda on Migration since 2015, with focus on steps taken by the EU since the last progress report in March 2019.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The AgriFish Council agreed on 2020 fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea, and to supplement the existing partial general approach on the future EMFF. The Council exchanged views on the post 2020 CAP reform package, forestry and the market situation.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Gender Equality Index 2019: Still far from the finish line

EU trade agreements: delivering new opportunities in time of global economic uncertainties
Despite the difficult global economic climate, European companies have continued to make good use of the opportunities created by the European Union's trade network - the largest in the world.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council focussed on the situation in Syria, including north-east Syria, and on Turkey's drilling activities. Foreign ministers discussed Ukraine and had an exchange of views with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko.

EU to take action against fake news and foreign electoral interference
Foreign electoral interference seriously threatens European democratic societies to the benefit of anti-EU, right-wing extremist and populist forces, warn MEPs.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council discussed issues related to anti-money laundering and the Wise Persons' Group's report on the European financial architecture. It adopted a Council recommendation on the appointment of a member of the ECB executive board.

October infringements package: key decisions
In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission pursues legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.

EU budget 2021-2027: Time to decide
Ahead of the European Council meeting on 17 and 18 October, the European Commission calls on EU Heads of State or Government to provide political guidance and new impetus to the negotiations in order to reach an agreement on a fair, balanced and modern long-term EU budget for the period 2021-2027.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Commission launches new edition of the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor 2019

European Commission welcomes the positive assessment about how it has managed the EU budget
In its latest report about the management of the EU budget, the European Court of Auditors – the independent auditor of EU spending – confirmed that the Juncker Commission had significantly improved the way it administered the EU budget.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Home affairs ministers discussed right-wing violent extremism and terrorism, new technologies and internal security, hybrid threats and internal security, the state of play on migration, and the EU’s action against corruption. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, they also reaffirmed the importance of EU common values.

Main results of the Environment Council
The Environment Council adopted conclusions for the preparations of COP25 as well as on the 8th Environment Action Programme and the circular economy. Ministers held a policy debate on the EU's long-term climate strategy.

New rules make household appliances more sustainable
In a continued effort to reduce Europe's carbon footprint and to make energy bills cheaper for European consumers, the Commission adopted new eco-design measures for products such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and televisions.

August 2019 - Euro area unemployment at 7.4% - EU28 at 6.2%

Security Union: The Commission recommends opening negotiations with Japan on the transfer of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data

Main results of the Competitiveness Council
The Council held an exchange of views on the key policies that should form the basis of a long-term EU strategy on sustainable growth. The strategy is part of the implementation of the new EU Strategic Agenda 2019-2024 adopted by the European Council in June 2019.

Education and training in the EU: supporting teachers is critical to build the European Education Area
Coinciding with the second European Education Summit, the European Commission published the 2019 Education and Training Monitor analysing how education and training is evolving in the EU and its Member States.

Main results of the UN General Assembly, New York
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, addressed world leaders on behalf of the EU at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 26 September. President Tusk stressed that the patriotism of the 21st century must have a global dimension so as not to become a common national egoism.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy)
The Council focused on the draft national energy and climate plans and on the energy sector beyond 2030.

Plenary highlights: Brexit, ECB President, Amazon fires
MEPs reaffirmed support for the EU position on Brexit and backed Christine Lagarde as the next president of the European Central Bank during this week's plenary session.

Circular Plastics Alliance: 100+ signatories commit to use 10 million tons of recycled plastic in new products by 2025
Today, more than 100 public and private partners covering the whole plastics value chain will sign the declaration of the Circular Plastics Alliance, which promotes voluntary actions for a well-functioning EU market in recycled plastics.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Transport)
The Council discussed how to decarbonise transport in order to combat climate change and meet the Paris Agreement objectives.

Customs Union: Fake and potentially dangerous goods worth nearly €740 million stopped at EU customs in 2018
New figures released by the European Commission show that the number of interceptions of fake goods being imported into the EU increased in 2018 due to a large amount of small parcels in express and postal traffic.

Brexit: new European Parliament reaffirms wholehearted support for EU position
The Withdrawal Agreement is fair, balanced and provides legal certainty, MEPs say in a resolution reiterating Parliament’s support for an “orderly Brexit”.

MEPs boost support for EU research and Erasmus
MEPs approved a €100 million top-up for the EU’s research programmes (€80 million for Horizon 2020) and youth mobility (€20 million for Erasmus+).

European Parliament gives green light to Christine Lagarde
Christine Lagarde obtained Parliament’s approval to be the ECB’s next President, in a plenary vote. In the secret vote, MEPs voted 394 in favour, 206 against and 49 abstentions to recommend Ms Lagarde to head up the European Central Bank.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council held a policy debate on enhancing respect for the rule of law in the EU. On the basis of a presidency background paper, ministers discussed how the Council could contribute to the overall aim of strengthening the rule of law in the EU, and what specific measures could be used.

Vaccination: European Commission and World Health Organization join forces to promote the benefits of vaccines
The European Commission and the World Health Organization (WHO) are co-hosting the world's first Global Vaccination Summit in Brussels. The aim is to accelerate global action to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, and advocate against the spread of vaccine misinformation worldwide.

Erasmus+: EU boosts participation of African students and staff in 2019

The European Union continues to lead the global fight against climate change
The European Commission adopted a Communication reaffirming the EU's commitment to accelerated climate ambition. The Commission recalls that the European Union has been at the forefront of global climate action, negotiating an inclusive international framework to respond to this challenge, while acting domestically with unity, speed and decisiveness.

The von der Leyen Commission: for a Union that strives for more
President-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented her team and the new structure of the next European Commission. The new Commission will reflect the priorities and ambitions set out in the Political Guidelines.

VAT Gap: EU countries lost €137 billion in VAT revenues in 2017
EU countries lost €137 billion in Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenues in 2017 according to a study released by the European Commission. The so-called 'VAT Gap' - or the overall difference between the expected VAT revenue and the amount actually collected - has reduced somewhat compared to previous years but remains very high.

Better outreach to citizens needed to improve effectiveness of European Commission’s public consultations, say Auditors
The European Commission’s framework for consulting the public during the development and evaluation of EU laws and policies is of a high standard, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. However, they recommend that the Commission improve the way it reaches out to citizens to promote greater participation.

Brexit ‘no-deal' preparedness: Final Commission call to all EU citizens and businesses to prepare for the UK's withdrawal on 31 October 2019
With 8 weeks to go until the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union on 31 October 2019, the Commission has – in its 6th Brexit preparedness Communication – reiterated its call on all stakeholders in the EU27 to prepare for a ‘no-deal' scenario.

European citizens' initiatives: Commission registers 3 new initiatives, and finds 1 inadmissible

Milk, fruits and vegetables distributed to schoolchildren thanks to EU programme
With the start of a new school year, the EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme will resume in participating EU countries for 2019-2020.

July 2019 - Euro area unemployment at 7.5% - EU28 at 6.3%

Drought in Europe: Member States agree on support measures proposed by the Commission
Member States agreed to a series of support measures proposed by the Commission to ease the financial difficulties faced by farmers due to adverse weather conditions, and increase the availability of feed for animals.

Main results of the G7 summit
President Donald Tusk represented the EU at the G7 summit, where leaders discussed global challenges such as Iran, trade tensions, the fight against inequalities and climate change. They also discussed the global issue of the wildfires in the Amazon.

July 2019 - Annual inflation down to 1.0% in the euro area - Down to 1.4% in the EU

Facility for Refugees in Turkey: €127 million to boost EU's largest ever humanitarian programme
To ensure refugees continue to be supported by the EU's largest humanitarian programme in Turkey, the Commission has today announced an additional €127 million to the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) programme via the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey. This new funding brings the total EU contribution to the programme to €1.125 billion.

June 2019 - Euro area unemployment at 7.5% - EU28 at 6.3%

EU and Japan select first Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Programmes
The European Commission has announced the results of the call for proposals for Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Partnerships with Japan launched in October 2018.

European Commission Joint Research Centre opens world-class laboratories to researchers

Financial services: Commission sets out its equivalence policy with non-EU countries
The European Commission is taking stock of its overall approach to equivalence in the area of financial services. EU equivalence has become a significant tool in recent years, fostering integration of global financial markets and cooperation with third-country authorities.

EU-U.S. trade talks – one year on, Commission presents progress report

July infringements package: key decisions
In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission pursues legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.

Fight against money laundering and terrorist financing: Commission assesses risks and calls for better implementation of the rules
The European Commission is adopting a Communication and four reports that will support European and national authorities in better addressing money laundering and terrorist financing risks.

General Data Protection Regulation shows results, but work needs to continue

Commission proposes a governance framework for the Budgetary Instrument for Convergence and Competitiveness
The European Commission proposes a governance framework for the Budgetary Instrument for Convergence and Competitiveness. The instrument will help euro area Member States and other participating Member States to enhance the resilience of their economies and of the euro area through support to targeted reforms and investment.

Commission approves emergency measures to protect eastern Baltic cod

Commission steps up EU action to protect and restore the world's forests
The European Commission adopted a comprehensive Communication setting out a new framework of actions to protect and restore the world's forests, which host 80% of biodiversity on land, support the livelihoods of around a quarter of the world's population, and are vital to our efforts to fight climate change.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

EU-Canada summit
As like-minded partners, the EU and Canada reaffirmed their joint commitment to multilateralism and rules-based trade. They stressed their full commitment to the Paris Agreement, and they called for further efforts to fight climate change.

June 2019 - Annual inflation up to 1.3% in the euro area - Stable at 1.6% in the EU

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anti-competitive conduct of Amazon
The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Amazon's use of sensitive data from independent retailers who sell on its marketplace is in breach of EU competition rules.

Ursula von der Leyen presents her vision to MEPs
In a debate with MEPs, Ursula von der Leyen outlined her vision as Commission President. MEPs will vote on her nomination, held by secret paper ballot, at 18.00.

Parliament elects Ursula von der Leyen as first female Commission President
With 383 votes in favour, the European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen President of the next European Commission in a secret ballot on 16 July. She is set to take office on 1 November 2019 for a five-year term.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign ministers discussed Iran, Iraq, the Central African Republic, and the external aspects of migration. They had an informal exchange of views with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, Nicolae Popescu. The Council adopted conclusions on Turkish drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The AgriFish Council exchanged views on the post 2020 CAP reform package and the work of the high-level group on sugar. It was also informed about the work programme of the Finland's presidency, EU-Mercosur, African swine fever and animal welfare during transport.

EU consumer rules: Airbnb cooperates with European Commission and EU consumer authorities improving the way it presents offers
The European Commission announced that, as a result of negotiations with Airbnb, the platform has improved and fully clarified the way it presents accommodation offers to consumers, which is now in line with the standards set in EU consumer law.

Summer 2019 Economic Forecast: Growth clouded by external factors
The European economy is set for its seventh consecutive year of growth in 2019, with all Member States' economies due to expand. Growth in the euro area was stronger than expected in the first quarter of the year due to a number of temporary factors such as mild winter conditions and a rebound in car sales.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Ministers discussed the EU's own resources in view of the new MFF package. The Council adopted a decision recommending Christine Lagarde as the candidate for the ECB presidency as well as the 2019 country specific recommendations.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Council held policy debates on the ‘economy of wellbeing’ and on the social aspects of the ‘Clean planet for all’ strategy. Ministers also approved the country specific recommendation falling under the responsibility of EPSCO.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Main results of the EU-Ukraine summit
At the 21st EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv, leaders reaffirmed the strength of the political and economic ties between the EU and Ukraine. They discussed the implementation of the association agreement and the way ahead for EU-Ukraine relations.

Plenary highlights: leadership election, formation of committees
The newly-elected MEPs met for their first plenary session on 2-4 July, during which they elected a new president and voted on the size of the parliamentary committees. Parliament chose Italian Social Democrat David Sassoli as its president on Wednesday for a term of two-and-a-half years.

Member States' compliance with EU law in 2018: efforts are paying off, but improvements still needed
Today's Annual report on Monitoring the Application of EU law sets out how the Commission monitored and enforced EU law in 2018. The online Single Market Scoreboard, also published today, evaluates the performance of EU/EEA countries in the EU single market and identifies the shortcomings where the countries and the Commission should step up their efforts.

Commission concludes that an Excessive Deficit Procedure is no longer warranted for Italy at this stage

David Sassoli elected President of the European Parliament
MEPs elected David Sassoli as President of the European Parliament having won 345 out of 667 valid votes in the second round. David Sassoli was born in Florence on 30 May 1956. As an Italian MEP since 2009, he was re-elected on a Partito Democratico list in Central Italy in May 2019 for a third term. He will lead Parliament until January 2022.